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(TV Series)

(1973)

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In this pilot film, the lead character's name is spelled "Kojack" (with a "c"). The "c" was taken out when "Kojak" became a series.
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After Telly Savalas died, the movie was shown again for the first time in nearly 20 years, this time with a short clip of Telly and the words "Dedicated to the memory of Aristotle 'Telly' Savalas 1920 - 1994" at the end of the show.
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Telly Savalas' real-life brother George Savalas appears in this film, but playing a different character to the Det. Stavros character he would play throughout the later Kojak TV series.
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The film is based on an actual case known as the "Career Girl" murders that happened on 28 August 1963. It was the date on which 'Martin Luther King Jr.' delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech, as mentioned in the film.
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After the great success of this TV movie and the subsequent "Kojak" series, the author of the original book, Selwyn Raab, pointed out with some acerbity that, in real life, the uncovering of a gross injustice had been the work of crusading journalists, not police officers, adding that he had never met a real-life cop like Theo Kojak.
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